The popularlaboratories picturephone:
a collection of 330X270/248 PIXEL pictures taken on a cellular phone.

The popularlaboratories picturephone documents a constant stream of lo-fidelity, on-the-fly pictures of everyday encounters that are taken and uploaded immediately to the web with a cellular camera phone.

Armed with my sanyo models no. SCP-6600(w) (instated on 12/23.2006) and SCP-8100(w) (retired on 12/23.2006) cellular phone I have taken 2077 pictures (as of 12:47:31 03/22.2007) of
low-rez-330-by-270-pixel-everyday-on-the-spot-unedited no-crop-no-posing-no-setup-straight-from-the-picturephone
stuff I see as I pass by.

The cellular phone equipped with a camera is an extremely small, portable, and espionage-like tool that has produced a new type of instant picture taking.

In my case with the models no. SCP-6600(w) and SCP-8100(w) I am fortunate enough to have a camera with a bad lens, low resolution, no aperture control, no f-stop, no flash and no analog zoom…but it is quick and handy, always in hand or at my side 24/7/365. I truly do just point-and-shoot. All decisions are embedded in the automatic processes of the gadget except that of pointing, shooting and whether to delete the picture or not.

Another primary goal is that all images have a signal-to-noise ratio teetering just slightly above 0.

the formula for SNR is:

S/N = 20 log10(Vs/Vn)

If Vs = Vn, then S/N = 0. With this ratio the signal is supposedly unreadable.

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Be sure and check out the minimally processed and cooked free-range versions of the images; no fillers, MSG or soy based fakes @


a collection of low rez, everyday, on-the-spot, unedited, with no crop, no posing, no setup, straight-from-the-picturephone images

All images are taken with a sanyo model no. SCP-8100(w) cellular phone then
All images are immediately uploaded to the moblog
raw@ then
All images are opened @ then cooked
All images go through the sprint soft focus option then
All images are downloaded and opened in adobe imageready then
All images go through image/adjustments/autocontrast then
All images go through image/adjustments/autolevels then
All images are uploaded to

All images are taken by Timothy Swischuk of Popular Laboratories

tMP in spam salon

some tricks:
Lartigue motion trick:

71789955461_330right turn only and an Oakland A's fan

white balance shifting:


through the blue part of the front windshield of my Chevy Suburban to make a really blue sky:

a motorboat in a trailer parked on the streethard right into a RR XING

using glass refelctions to make fake double exposures:

105813264773_330crochet toreador behind glass

smoke and mirrors (mostly mirrors):

driver's side mirrordriver's side mirror

blisterpack lens filter:

blister pack GI w/ choppers and extra weaponry in the Monument Valley region of the United States of America Fuck Yeah!blister pack happy-couple and their dream-home

since the depth of field on the picturephone is from about 2 inches to infinity I can do wierd split screen images:

geisha strofrontairport deliMade in China @ SFO

digital vaseline (taking pictures of the computer monitor):

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    gregor_y says:

    "Poppy (that's MR. POPLABS to you!) makes really, really wide webpages everywhere he goes. That's because his tiny photos can't be hemmed in by limits like industry-imposed "1024" or things like that. Nope, his tiny photos are big as all outdoors and as cozy as your favorite inner sanctum. Go click on some of his pictures. I'm going to!"

    August 7th, 2008

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    ghostbore says:

    "there's this little box next to this text that says:
    that's MR. POPLABS will have the chance to review this testimonial before it is published, so don't bother with something rude or nasty.

    did he warn them I was gonna do this? I feel so limited now.
    Seriously, the coolest thing about poplabs is: he is lowres 24/7. most people sneak in a roll of film from a holga, or use a dslr for "serious" socio-documentary pictures. Not poplabs, even his most recent outbreaks of scabies were documented on cameraphone."

    July 29th, 2008

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    Thunderchild7 says:

    "He's great he gave up his lunch hour to take me for Chinese food in China town"

    July 26th, 2008

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    Mr SUBSONIX™  says:

    "His profile page says it all. He is one of the world leaders of reading and creating low res images. If there is a symposium of low res art, he will be a speaker there. Well an image of his low res shadow and big boomy voice over the microphone. Kinda that evil doctor sounding voice, you know. Well he does have his own lab!"

    November 19th, 2007

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    Drunken Monkey says:

    "Item as described. Swift postage and no problems. Recomended. A+++"

    March 20th, 2007

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    whizchickenonabun says:

    "I have this really particular picture in my head of a patch of bulbous bushes and half a sedan swirling around the screen of a cell phone. Then everything freezes. The guy holding the phone half smiles, but moves right on to half a burger sign and a mop and a pair of pants. I love the world of Mr. Poplabs. It may be low-res, but it’s as clear as it gets. Dig around a while. Have a taco. Pet the stuffed birds."

    February 2nd, 2007

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    blue coyote laughing says:

    "that's MR. POPLABS is the original cameraphone cowboy.

    AND he does all his own stunts.


    January 6th, 2007

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    s2art says:

    "that's MR. POPLABS' appreciation of the intricacies and idiosyncracies of lo-fi digital photography knows no bounds, he has a sense of humour bigger than Texas, to boot.

    Add him as a contact NOW!"

    December 12th, 2006

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    WatermelonSugar says:

    "Takes better photos with a cameraphone than most of the people on here do with any camera. look and learn, people."

    December 7th, 2006

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    dr_sponge says:

    "poplabs little pensive glimpses should be a mute mental note to us all how the world could be, had it only been a better place.

    Oh how sweet to perceive life through poplabs cameraphone."

    December 6th, 2006

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    Jakes_World says:

    "Poppy owns a small white dog. I admire him for that. For actually admitting that. My dogs could eat his, but they won't, cause his is a fighter dog!! Oh, and he takes these really cool camphone photos - with no apologies for being cameraphone photos. He is ONE COOL DUDE"

    November 21st, 2006

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    Guac Air says:

    "Tim is a credit to the post Eggleston continuum. The complexity in the pedestrian is there if you are ready to receive it."

    November 17th, 2006

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    Lord_of_the_Flies says:

    "This stupid motherfucker doesn't know shit about taking pretty pictures, especially of his kids!

    He's a bad father, a bad Artist, and a Bad American.

    Which is why I like him, of course!"

    September 16th, 2006

popular laboratories
April 2006
Angwin, California, USA